Oral Health for Seniors
More and more people are avoiding the need for dentures as they grow older, going against the notion that false teeth are a normal part of aging. With a healthy, balanced diet and good oral hygiene, you can keep your teeth your entire life.
Recent studies show that good oral hygiene also helps prevent hypertension, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and even stroke. Indeed, medical research is beginning to show that a healthy mouth equates to a healthy body and a longer life.
As we age, though, sometimes arthritis and other conditions interfere with our dexterity making it difficult or painful to practice good oral hygiene. If you’re having difficulty, mention it at your next appointment. Ergonomically-designed toothbrushes and floss holders that are easier to grasp and control are available online and in stores. Dr. Kevin S. Bone can suggest alternative ways to brush and floss.
Treatment Options Include:
Dr. Bone offers several products designed to enhance oral health for seniors. Our staff is happy to explain which of these products may help you:
- Prescription toothpaste, Clinpro
- Oral B electric toothbrushes
- Dry mouth treatments